Tuesday, December 27, 2016


I have made myself have 7days off weaving. But I am having withdrawal symptoms. My sister in law gave me a needle felting kit for Christmas so I have been having fun with that instead. 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Feathers, feathers and more feathers

This month's task is to make all the feather bundles for a big kakahu. I have been busy every day for 5 or 6 hours to get them done. I'm dreaming feather bundles. I now see why I don't usually have them all done before I get started. To make the task less tedious I am listening to a series of stories read on YouTube. As the series is very long it is perfect for this job. I have already got through 4 books.  The story makes me want to get bundling so I can listen to it.

These feathers come in four sizes so there are sorted as I go. I am planning to start with the biggest ones at the bottom and work up through to the smaller sizes.  I might look at staggering the bundles too, as the feathers are quite thin. Any one know why they shouldn't be staggered? The only reason I can think of is that then you can't fold it in half neatly,  but then I don't think it should be folded anyway, preferring to roll my cloaks.   I'll go to the museum before I start on them, to examine some old kakahu. So much to learn from the old weavers. 

Friday, December 9, 2016

Kirsten's Arapaki

All finished.

I do hope kirsten likes it.

Today I go to te Kura Kaupapa o Otepoti to give them the kakahu and other special gift at the prize giving. It was an interesting process making this beside the class. They helped a bit but mostly it was a learning by osmosis type process. However it was their design and colours.

Now I've started making feather bundles for the next one.